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on August 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

The Future of Drone Warfare

University of Virginia Law Professor Frederick Hitz discusses his theories regarding what he terms the “relentless non-humanity” of drone warfare. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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on July 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

The NSA Surveillance Controversy: How the Ratchet Effect Can Impact Anti-Terrorism Laws

King’s College London PhD student Austen D. Givens explores some of the ways in which the “ratchet effect” can impact anti-terrorism laws, making them difficult to scale back, and offers a set of policy recommendations to mitigate its effects. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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on June 24, 2013 at 6:31 am

Are We Reaching a Tipping Point? How Contemporary Challenges Are Affecting the Military Necessity-Humanity Balance

Major Shane R. Reeves and Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey S. Thurnher address the relationship between the principles of military necessity and humanity, and warn that an overemphasis on humanity may be unfolding in the contexts of the “capture or kill” debate, autonomous weapons systems, and cyber warfare. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

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on May 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

On Wikipedia, Lawfare, Blogs, and Sources

Benjamin Wittes and Stephanie Leutert discuss the stifling effects of Wikipedia censorship on the national discussion of Lawfare. Photo courtesy of Reuters

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on February 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Autonomous Weapon Systems and International Humanitarian Law: A Reply to the Critics

Prof. Michael N. Schmitt responds to the recent Human Rights Watch report, Losing Humanity, and argues it blurs the distinction between international humanitarian law’s prohibitions on weapons per se and those on the unlawful use of otherwise lawful weapons. Photo courtesy Sandia National Laboratories

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on December 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

The Perilous Position of the Laws of War

Major Charles G. Kels argues that the current standoff over legal regimes applicable to counterterrorism operations misconstrues the law of armed conflict and risks undermining its moral force. Photo courtesy of Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.

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on November 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

Targeting in Outer Space: Legal Aspects of Operational Military Actions in Space

P.J. Blount, Research Counsel at the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law, explores the complicated legal landscape of targeting in space. Photo courtesy of NASA.

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on October 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

Iran Sanctions Unprecedented and Crippling; But Are They Effective?

Ronak D. Desai: The impact of the sanctions–and whether they will ultimately force Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program–remains to be seen.

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on September 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Afghanistan and the Future of the “Good War”

Should the U.S. & NATO accelerate the withdrawal from Afghanistan or “stay the course?”

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on August 16, 2012 at 9:03 am

Blurring the Civilian-Combatant Line: Legal Implications of Deploying U.S. Civilian Mariners in the Libyan Theater

LT Elan R. Ghazal and Manik V. Suri explore the growing civilian integration in the U.S. armed forces

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